Dynasty Rookie Rankings Debate: Trey Lance, Rondale Moore, Terrace Marshall (2021)
Now that rookie have landed with their new teams, it’s time to start clarifying dynasty rookie draft rankings. Our own Mike Tagliere and Kyle Yates have their rankings set, and it’s time to see where the two differ. As you’ll see, just because one is higher than the other on a certain player, it doesn’t mean they both don’t like the player overall. It just comes down to where they are selecting the rookie in upcoming drafts.
Lance went No. 3 overall to the SF 49ers, despite all the incorrect chatter about Mac Jones. Lance absolutely has the potential to be a top-3 overall fantasy QB within two years due to this landing spot. In this offense, with the playmakers he has around him, plus his rushing potential, the sky is the limit. It’s hard to not spend the 1.01 in SF rookie drafts on Trevor Lawrence if you’ve got it, but Lance is certainly in consideration for me there at that spot.
Yates: No. 8 overall 1QB leagues | No. 1 Overall in Superflex
This was a best-case scenario for Lance, as he landed with a bright playcaller who’ll utilize his strengths. On top of that, they mortgaged their future to come up and acquire him, so they’re going to give him every opportunity, even if he struggles out of the gate. With his big arm and incredible mobility, a future top-five fantasy quarterback is what we may have.
Tags: No. 13 overall 1QB leagues | No. 4 Overall in Superflex
If there’s one landing spot to get excited about, it’s Moore in Arizona. They’re a team that uses 4WR sets quite often, which means Moore will be deployed in the slot most of the time. When Andy Isabella got targeted in the slot with them, he had success, but they drafted Moore to take his place, and maybe Larry Fitzgerald‘s.
Tags: No. 10 overall, WR5
Moore has landed in Arizona as the new shiny toy for Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury. He now joins a loaded offense with DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green, Christian Kirk, and Andy Isabella. It’s going to be hard to find the path for how he sees significant targets in this offense, but it might not matter. Moore has the talent to take any pass to the house. He should be used all over the formation and could even start over Kirk in the slot.
Yates: No. 16 overall, WR7
The landing spot wasn’t ideal for Marshall, as the Panthers already have D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson syphoning targets, though it’s important to note that Anderson is on the final year of his contract. I’d like the see the Panthers put Marshall in the big-slot role, as it’d help his transition to the NFL. On top of that, Sam Darnold has favored slot receivers early in his career.
Tags: No. 12 overall, WR6
Marshall is now reunited with his former OC at LSU, Joe Brady. He certainly has the tools and traits that could lead to some fantastic production down the road, but this is a crowded offense now that Marshall is going to have to fight for targets. Robby Anderson and DJ Moore should be the first in line in this offense at the WR position with CMC dominating targets out of the backfield too. It’s hard to see how Marshall returns immediate fantasy production and he might take a year or two before we see him become a reliable fantasy option week in and week out.
Yates: No. 20 overall, WR10
Stevenson lands in New England in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft and he has an opportunity to contribute down the road. With Sony Michel and Damien Harris still on this roster, it’s hard to find the path for carries for Stevenson in 2021, but Michel might not be long for this roster. He’s worth picking up and stashing towards the later rounds of your Dynasty rookie drafts.
Yates: No. 26 overall
I have zero clue what the Patriots were thinking when they drafted Stevenson in the fourth round, as they have both Damien Harris and Sony Michel on the roster to handle the early-down work. Stevenson is a two-down back who may have been a thing 20 years ago in the NFL, but I don’t see him sticking in today’s game.
Tags: No. 46 overall
Other rookies Tags is higher or lower on versus our expert consensus rankings:
- Michael Carter (RB – NYJ): +4
- Kadarius Toney (WR – NYG): +5
- D’Wayne Eskridge (WR – SEA): +5
- Cornell Powell (WR – KC): +39
- Justin Fields (QB – CHI): -7
- Elijah Moore (WR – NYJ): -8
- Dyami Brown (WR – WAS): -6
- Elijah Mitchell (RB – SF): -27
Other rookies Yates is higher or lower on versus our expert consensus rankings:
- Jaylen Waddle (WR – MIA): +4
- Michael Carter (RB – NYJ): +4
- Trey Sermon (RB – SF): +4
- D’Wayne Eskridge (WR – SEA): +10
- Josh Palmer (WR – LAC): +22
- Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL): -2
- Elijah Moore (WR – NYJ): -6
- Tylan Wallace (WR – BAL): -12
- Mac Jones (QB – NE): -14